Brownbag recap, week of October 17th, 2011

Last week Harley Stagner (@hstagner) was on the Brownbag for a great discussion on various aspects of VMware vSphere design. We had a lot of audience participation as we covered a handful of different vSphere design scenarios. If you weren’t able to attend, please check out the video at

David Davis

This Wednesday, 10/19/2011 at 7:30PM CST, we’ll have David Davis (@davidmdavis) on the Brownbag to talk about VMware’s VCP 5 certification & general certification overview, upcoming virtualization training from @Trainsignal, and the hottest topics in virtualization and cloud. I’m really excited about having David on — please attend if you can. Register now!

David Davis is the author of the best-selling VMware vSphere video training library from TrainSignal. He has written hundreds of virtualization articles on the Web, is a vExpert, VCP, VCAP-DCA, and CCIE #9369 with more than 18 years of enterprise IT experience. His personal Website is

Managing VMware HA’s VM Monitoring: PowerCLI

In a previous post, I discussed my need to manage HA isolation response and restart priority settings on a per-VM level (separate from the cluster settings). This post is a continuation of that topic, but covers how to manage the VM Monitoring aspect of VMware HA with PowerCLI.

At the time of writing, there are no publicly available PowerCLI cmdlets that offers the ability to manage VM Monitoring at the cluster and VM levels, so in order to accomplish this task, we need to dive a bit deeper into the world of the vSphere API.

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VMware HA Restart Policies: PowerCLI

Recently I received a request to disable any automated HA actions on specific VMs across our infrastructure. To some folks that might sound a bit crazy, but there was good reason: an outside vendor supports an application and wanted to be involved any time the VM was powered up/down/etc. They have contractual obligations with business units within our company, and wanted to be sure that their application stack was started in an application-graceful way.
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